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Great new review of ‘Emily’s Stories’ audio book

“Kelley Hazen performs the narration in a solid voice that is exhilaratingly fresh and young and old sounding as appropriate.  Her accent is accurate and captures the essence of each character perfectly.  I found her voice mesmerizing and comforting at the same time.” – Audio Book Reviewer

After a book has been out for several years, nothing makes an author’s or a narrator’s day any better than finding a great new review. (Click on the link to see the rest of the review.) Sure, I’m probably biased, but Kelley Hazen did a stunning job with this book of three stories which are geared toward family reading/listening.

Perhaps your family will discover Emily’s Stories, too.

–Malcolm

 

Audiobooks for your summer vacation

Let’s face it, no matter how much you like traveling, there will be periods of inactivity when an easy-to-listen-to audiobook might keep you from going nuts (or worse). Expediently, here are for of mine for you consideration:

Eulalie and Washerwoman

AudioFile Magazine: Narrator Tracie Christian’s spirited style is ideal to portray the fantasy world of conjure woman Eulalie Jenkins and her shamanistic cat, Lena, who live in Florida in the 1950s. Christian captures Eulalie’s shock when she learns that Jewish merchant Lane Walker, who’s always traded fairly with the local African-Americans, is being forced to give up his store to the Liberty Improvement Club, which forbids serving blacks. Lively descriptions of Eulalie reading possum bones and casting spells; tender scenes with her old beau, Willie Tate; and feline Lena’s communication with Eulalie via secret thought speech add to the local atmosphere. Listeners will be thrilled when Eulalie transports herself into an alligator to save Walker. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2017

Conjure Woman’s Cat

AudioFile Magazine Red Earphones Award Winner: Wanda J. Dixon’s warmth and gorgeous singing voice are superb in this story about Conjure Woman Eulalie, which is told through the voice of her cat and spirit companion, Lena. Dixon zestfully portrays Eulalie, who is “older than dirt” and is kept busy casting spells, mixing potions, and advising people–that is, when the “sleeping” sign is removed from her door. Most distinctive is Eulalie’s recurring sigh, which conveys her frustration with Florida in the 1950s, when Jim Crow laws and “Colored Only” signs were routine. Dixon’s Lena is fully believable when she spies around town and reports to Eulalie that rednecks have raped and murdered a young women. They almost escape until Eulalie persuades a witness to come forward. Listeners will marvel at the magical realism in this story and benefit from the helpful glossary of the charming local dialect. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016

Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire

AudioFile Magazine: Narrator R. Scott Adams’s rapid-fire delivery mirrors the speech of fast-talking old-style newshound Jock Stewart. Listeners need all their skills of concentration, or they’ll miss the story’s wit and even the occasional clue. Sea of Fire is a missing racehorse, but the mystery of his whereabouts sometimes seems merely incidental. The story is high on humor but light on plot–a vehicle for sex, cigarettes, steak, and zinfandel. Stewart, a print journalist, is a likable dinosaur in a changing world. Adams’s timing is perfect, but a second listen is recommended to catch what is missed first time around. C.A.T. © AudioFile 2015

Emily’s Stories

Reader Review: I like it when kids are smarter than adults in stories like this. It gives me hope. The author ‘s writing had a ‘Peter Pan’ feel to it – not that it reads like ‘Peter Pan’ but it’s a kid being powerful and doing something positive. And there is also a magical ‘The Secret Garden’ kind of feel in here.The kid is powerful because she can see & hear the beauty and the magic in Nature. This audiobook has the coldest, scariest ghost voice in the world and also the wonderful open, free and uninhibited voice of ‘Emily’. AND the voices of birds and much more. The widest range of voices I’ve heard from a narrator. And all seemed real, not forced. I believed it – I believed this could happen. M. Stein

Campbell’s writing stuff – news and reviews

  • Appreciation: Thanks to those of you who picked up a free copy of the new edition of “Carrying Snakes Into Eden” during the recent sale. I hope you enjoy the additional short story added to the book.
  • mountainsongcover4Review: “Eulalie and Washerwoman,” reviewed by Rhett DeVane – “Told through the narrative voice of Lena, Eulalie’s shamanistic cat, the fast-paced story comes alive. The approach is fresh and clever; Malcolm R. Campbell manages Lena’s viewpoint seamlessly, adding interest and a unique perspective.” Tallahassee Writers Association
  • New Title: “Mountain Song” will be released in early March. A companion book to “At Sea,” the novel tells the story of two college students from different parts of the country who meet and fall in love during seasonal employment in Montana’s Glacier National Park.
  • Satire: Florida: It’s Like Living in an Asylum and Loving It – Crazy place to grow up. Perhaps that’s why I keep setting my stories there.
  • Review: “Eulalie and Washerwoman,” reviewed by Julie Summers – “A simply riveting read from beginning to end, ‘Eulalie and Washerwoman’ is very highly recommended for both personal reading lists and community library General Fiction collections.” Midwest Book Review
  • es-portugese-cvr-fQuotation: “There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.” – Frank Herbert
  • Newsletter: Keep up with upcoming books, sales and new editions in my publisher’s newsletter. The sign-up form is on the left-hand side of the Thomas-Jacob Publishing news page.
  • Just Released: The Portuguese edition, “Histórias da Emily” of my three-story “Emily’s Stories” about a 14-year-old Florida girl who uses logic and intuition to solve problems is now available Kindle and other online booksellers. (She also talks to ghosts.)

–Malcolm

‘I Racconti di Emily’ now live on Amazon

Following close on the heels of the Spanish edition, the Italian edition of Emily’s Stories is now available on Amazon from Vanilla Heart Publishing.

EmilyItalianEmily Walters è un’acuta e curiosa quattordicenne del nord della Florida che ama le mappe, la sua vecchia bicicletta arrugginita e la foresta dietro casa sua. A volte i suoi sogni le raccontano il futuro, e a volte le ore di veglia portano saggi uccelli e  altri spiriti nella sua vita.

Quando la sua famiglia va in vacanza in “Pittrice campestre”, un saggio lucherino le dice che deve imparare presto a dipingere i sogni nella realtà per impedire che una passeggiata pomeridiana si trasformi in una tragedia.

In “Cartografa” avrà bisogno delle sue abilità, e dell’aiuto di un caprimulgo, per contrastare i piani di un imprenditore edile che intende abbattere la sacra foresta dietro casa sua e sostituirla con una palazzina residenziale.

In “La Magnolia di Sweetbay” imparerà i segreti dell’albero preferito di sua nonna, della decadente casa quasipersempre lungo il fiume e del perché alcuni fantasmi visitano piuttosto che infestare.

The English edition of this three-story collection is available in e-book, audiobook and paperback.

emilycoverEmily Walters is a sharp, inquisitive fourteen-year-old north Florida girl who loves maps, her rusty old bike, and the forest behind her house. Sometimes her dreams tell her the future and sometimes her waking hours bring wise birds and other spirits into her life. In these three short stories, join Emily in her adventures and mysteries.

When her family vacations in the mountains in “High Country Painter,” a wise Pine Siskin tells her she must quickly learn how to paint dreams into reality to prevent an afternoon hike from becoming a tragedy.

In “Map Maker,” she’ll need her skills—and the help of a Chuck-will’s-widow—to a fight a developer’s plans for from bulldozing the sacred forest behind her house and replacing it with a subdivision.

In “Sweetbay Magnolia,” she’ll learn the secrets of her grandmother’s favorite tree, the crumbling almost-forever house down on the river, and why some ghosts would rather visit than haunt.

At Sea: Thanks to all of you who have been downloading copies of my Vietnam War navy novel during its three-day free promotion. The promotion runs through August 17th

–Malcolm

‘Las Historias de Emily’ by Malcolm R. Campbell Now Available in Spanish

Nook Edition

Nook Edition link

I’m happy to announce that the Spanish Edition of “Emily’s Stories” is now available on Apple, Nook, Kobo, and Scribd. The Kindle version will be available soon. Click here for more information and all bookseller links. Selene Silva is the book’s translator.

Emily Walters es una fuerte y curiosa chica de catorce años procedente del norte de Florida. Ella ama los mapas, su vieja bicicleta y el bosque tras su hogar. Sus sueños a veces le dictan el futuro y a veces en sus horas despierta, atrae aves y otros espíritus a su vida. Acompaña a Emily en estos tres relatos cortos llenos de aventuras y misterios.

(Emily Walters is a sharp, inquisitive fourteen-year-old north Florida girl who loves maps, her rusty old bike, and the forest behind her house. Sometimes her dreams tell her the future and sometimes her waking hours bring wise birds and other spirits into her life. In these three short stories, join Emily in her adventures and mysteries.)

Selene Deyanira Silva Lopez is a translator born in Monterrey, Mexico. She started her translator career before graduating from the School of Philosophy and Letters,  at Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL). She worked at the university and later became a freelancer. Focused on different genres of literature, mostly in horror, science fiction, fantasy and drama, in which has already collaborated translating some works written by D.P Prior and Khaled Talib.

The English edition, published by Vanilla Heart in 2013, is available in paperback, e-book and audio book.

–Malcolm

 

 

 

Spanish edition of ‘Emily’s Stories’ coming soon

¡Proximamente! ¡en español!

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Las Historias de Emily

por Malcolm. R.Campbell

 

Emily Walters es una fuerte y curiosa chica de catorce años procedente del norte de Florida. Ella ama los mapas, su vieja bicicleta y el bosque tras su hogar. Sus sueños a veces le dictan el futuro y a veces en sus horas despierta, atrae aves y otros espíritus a su vida. Acompaña a Emily en estos tres relatos cortos llenos de aventuras y misterios.

 Durante sus vacaciones familiares en las montañas del “País del Alto Pintor”, un jilguero le dice que debe apresurarse en pintar los sueños en la realidad para prevenir a que una tarde no se vuelva una tragedia.

En el  “Marcador de Ruta”, ella necesitará de sus habilidades—y la ayuda de un chotacabras para luchar contra los planes de un desarrollador que trama demoler el bosque sagrado detrás de la casa de Emily para ser sustituido con una subdivisión.

En “Magnolia de Sweetbay”, ella descubrirá los secretos del árbol favorito de su abuela, el desmoronamiento de la casa hacia el rio y el por qué algunos fantasmas prefieren visitarla en lugar de espantarla.

ES all three editions in one

REVIEWS (English Editions in Print, Audio, and Ebook)

“Three sweet short stories evoke Florida’s summer heat, small town American values, big business vs real people, and a hint of myth and magic as a wise young teen, drawn to maps and images, follows her wise middle-aged structural engineer father. Old world and new blend pleasingly with leisurely descriptive prose, convincing teen view-point, and a wealth of information hidden in the mist of alluring short fiction.”

 – Sheila Deeth

 “The kid is powerful because she can see & hear the beauty and the magic in Nature. This audiobook has the coldest, scariest ghost voice in the world and also the wonderful open, free and uninhibited voice of ‘Emily’. AND the voices of birds and much more. The widest range of voices I’ve heard from a narrator. And all seemed real, not forced. I believed it – I believed this could happen.”

– M. Stein

2014 – One writer’s year

In many ways, 2014 has been a mixture of chaos and limbo–and that’s just a writer’s life, not the uncertainty of national and international politics. Since I’ve tried to keep most political issues off this site, I started a new blog called Calamities of the Heart (using my Trick Falls alias) for things I find it hard to keep silent about. I alternate such posts with other posts which can, at best, be called either irreverent humor or twisted satire:

calamitiesheaderI’ve also re-done my Facebook author’s page. Like other authors, it remains to be seen whether having such a page is worthwhile because Facebook has been slowly changing its rules about what (if anything) posted on such pages is allowed to display on the timelines of people who LIKE the page. The rules will become more stringent in 2015 when Facebook expects us to pay to “boost” our posts if they’re to be seen by anyone who doesn’t come to the page and look:

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  • A new (new for me) publisher and I have failed so far to reach a meeting of the minds about my novel The Sun Singer. I expected the book’s release in January 2014 and then when it was released in August, there were formatting problems. At present, the novel is out of print.
  • 99 cents on Kindle, Smashwords and other sites.

    99 cents on Kindle, Smashwords and other sites.

    The e-book edition of my comedy/satire Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire is on sale at Amazon, OmniLit, Smashwords and other sites for 99 cents until January 10th. If you’ve already read and enjoyed the book, I would appreciate your vote for it in this year’s Predators and Editors poll.

  • I’ve enjoyed working on several novellas set in the Florida Panhandle where I grew up. My focus has been on conjure, also called Hoodoo. So far, I don’t have a publisher for these, but in many ways that doesn’t matter. Exploring the swamps and piney woods of my youth has been a wonderful experience.
  • The limbo of the year has come partly from the disruption of downsizing our possessions so that we’ll fit into a smaller, more efficient house. In January, we will be moving to a
    Farm Road where we'll be in January

    Farm road where we’ll be in January

    new house in Northwest Georgia on a corner of the farm where my wife grew up. The old smokehouse in the “Calamities of the Heart” header is on that farm just a few feet away from where we built the house on the site of the property’s original (but long gone) homestead.

  • I’m sad to say that my wife’s father, who looked forward to our living “just down the road,” died in November. He was 92. My wife and I are grateful to the wonderful folks at Hospice for their help once he came home from the hospital for those last days. Since he was for many years both a farmer and a housing contractor, we’re happy that he was up and about during the building of the new house, often asking questions of the builder’s on-site supervisor about changes in construction methods that have come about since he retired.
  • EScover2014I’m pleased with the new cover for my young adult collection of three short stories called Emily’s Stories. One of the stories is set in Glacier National Park; the other two are set in Tallahassee, Florida. The book is available in audio, e-book and paperback. If you have already read and enjoyed Emily’s Stories, I would appreciate your vote for it in this year’s Predators and Editor’s poll.
  • longmanDue to changes at Literary Aficionado where I posted many of my Book Reviews as well as the time-consuming nature of building a new house while cleaning out and trying to sell the old one, I’ve done fewer reviews this year. Of the books that I reviewed, my favorite was Amy Greene’s Long Man. My review is here on my Malcolm’s Round Table blog. The novel made many of this year’s “best books” lists. Greene is also the author of Bloodroot, which came out in 2011. Both of these novels are set in Appalachia. Appalachia is also the setting of Melinda Clayton’s “Cedar Hollow Series,” so at year’s end, I’m back in this wondrous area with another great story while a Booker Prize winner goes on hold.
  • shadowdaysI have been reading Eleanor Catton’s Booker Prize novel The Luminaries. Due to its length, I’ve set it aside several times to read shorter books. It has an inventive plot and very capable writing, but it isn’t quite my cup of tea. I do plan to finish it even though I think it’s too long at 830+ pages. (Normally, I like long novels, but the story here could have been told with more economy.) Currently, it’s on hold while I read Melinda Clayton’s fourth novel in her series,” Shadow Days. It has been keeping up late at night because I’d rather read than sleep.
  • Free over new year's

    Free over new year’s

    The Land Between the Rivers, my collection of three folktales set in North Florida at the dawn of time will be free on Kindle for five days from December 30th through January 3rd. Follow the exploits of Bear, Panther and Snake Bird in the swamp that would one day be named Tate’s Hell. Tate’s Hell is such a wonderful and diverse state forest that I also featured it in my novel The Seeker.

  • My dark short story “Dream of Crows” appears in the Lascaux Prize 2014 anthology. The book was released on Kindle in early December.

I’m sure other stuff has happened this year, but this update has gone on long enough.

–Malcolm

 

 

New Covers for All Editions of ‘Emily’s Stories’

I’m excited about the new covers (and back cover) for the Kindle, paperback and audiobook versions of Emily’s Stories. There are three stories in this set, all of them about a 14-year-old girl with both a logical, problem-solving approach to the world and a mystical approach to the world.

Two of the three stories are set in the Florida Panhandle where I grew up. The other one is set at Glacier Park’s Iceberg Lake. The new cover gives a great hint about the kinds of stories inside.Click on the graphic below for the Kindle edition on Amazon.

I hope you enjoy the stories.

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–Malcolm

paperback version

paperback version

Malcolm R. Campbell’s other Florida stories include “Moonlight and Ghosts,” “Cora’s Crossing,” and “The Land Between the Rivers.”

Campbell is also the author of “The Seeker,” “The Sailor” and “The Betrayed.”

Fabulous Review of the ‘Emily’s Stories’ audiobook

Also available in print and e-book

Also available in print and e-book

Like an actor’s or actress’s lines in a movie or a play, the story you hear on an audiobook is a collaboration between the author and the narrator.

Writing for print, an author tries to create an adventure with a specific mood. Then, the audiobook narrator brings an additional perspective into the mix when s/he tells the story at a pace and with a tone of voice that enhances the original ambiance.

I was very pleased with actress Kelley Hazen’s approach to the narration of Emily’s Stories because she brought so the many characters’ voices into my fourteen-year-old protagonist’s adventures with talking to spirits. And, the book’s audio production values were perfect.

So it is that when I discover a review on Amazon in which the listener hears what I hear, I’m too excited not to share it. Here’s M. Stein’s review of January 25th:

I’ve recommended this audiobook more than any other I’ve listened to

Hazen

Hazen

“I like it when kids are smarter than adults in stories like this. It gives me hope. The author ‘s writing had a ‘Peter Pan’ feel to it – not that it reads like ‘Peter Pan’ but it’s a kid being powerful and doing something positive. And there is also a magical ‘The Secret Garden’ kind of feel in here.The kid is powerful because she can see & hear the beauty and the magic in Nature. This audiobook has the coldest, scariest ghost voice in the world and also the wonderful open, free and uninhibited voice of ‘Emily’. AND the voices of birds and much more. The widest range of voices I’ve heard from a narrator. And all seemed real, not forced. I believed it – I believed this could happen.”

I’ve never encountered any of M. Stein’s reviews before, but whoever you are and wherever you live, I thank you and greatly appreciate the extra time and effort it takes to post a review.

Malcolm

Malcolm’s News: Satire, ‘Emily’s Stories,’ ‘The Sun Singer’ and Rain

weekendweatherFirst, the rain. This has been a rainy year in Northeast Georgia. The good news was that we didn’t have to water our yard or suffer through water usage restrictions. The bad news was that our lawn mower used up more than the car did AND that it’s still raining now.

And, we’re getting rather tired of it.

  • What with everyone and their brother offering best of 2013 lists of books and shopping guides for the holidays, my alter-ego Jock Steward couldn’t resist a creating a satirical shopping list. You can find it here.
  • ESprintlookinsideMy three-short-story set called Emily’s Stories was released earlier this year as a Kindle and an audio book. I’m happy to announce that it’s now in print. It’s about an inquisitive 14-year-old girl who talks to spirits, find this skill very handy when trying to save the forest behind her house, understanding why the sweetbay magnolia tree in her grandmother’s yard is important, and confronting a grizzly bear on a Montana vacation trip. With Amazon’s Matchbook feature, you get a copy of the Kindle e-book for free when you purchase the print edition. Since I dedicated this book to my two granddaughters, I’m happy to have a paperback copy I can send them (even if they’re not quite old enough for it yet.)
  • SSheavysheldcoming2Like most authors during the holidays, I’ve been talking about my most recent books, primarily the three in my Garden of Heaven Trilogy (The Seeker, The Sailor, and The Betrayed). However, I’m equally excited over the January release of my novel The Sun Singer. Set in the Montana mountains, this novel is many things: fantasy, a mountain adventure story, a coming of age novel, and a book about magic. I’ll be looking forward to showing you the cover as soon as my publisher says it’s okay. Meanwhile, here’s a picture of Heavy Shield Mountain which young Robert Adams sees enroute to the portal into the universe next door. I took this picture when my wife and I visited Glacier National Park in early September.

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. We had rain even though there was a chance of snow.

Malcolm

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